Press Release: New Studies Suggest Lack of Meaningful Land Rights Play Key Role in Conflict, Increase in Carbon Emissions from Indonesia’s Forests

Author: Rights and Resources Initiative

Date: July 14, 2011

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New research released at a high-level forestry conference in Indonesia—opened by Vice President Boediono—suggests that as Asia’s largest forest nation Indonesia is paying a high price for failing to give local communities enforceable rights to contested forests, causing significant economic losses owing to its highly undervalued forestland, and leading it to lose out to regional competitors.

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